University of Kent

Medway Campus, The Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Medway, ME4 4AG

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About us


This small and highly supportive programme is designed for students who enjoy academic subjects and would like to progress to degree level study, but want an alternative to traditional A-level or BTEC courses. You can join the University Entrance Diploma for two years, one year or eighteen months depending on your specific needs and background, in which time you will get to explore a range of subjects and gain the equivalent of three A levels.

While with us, you will gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma from Laser Learning Awards – an established and well-respected route into university. We currently offer three diploma titles: Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Social Sciences and Medicine and Medical Sciences. Depending on the diploma title, subjects may include a combination of: Biology, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, English Language and Literature, Psychology and Sociology. 

What makes us different?

When you enrol on the University Entrance Diploma you will benefit from:

  • coursework-based assessment, so there is less focus on exams;
  • expert teaching from staff with excellent subject knowledge and a wealth of teaching experience;
  • wider academic skills development, so you leave us better equipped to make a success of undergraduate study when you get there;
  • expert UCAS advice and guidance;
  • access to support from our current degree students;
  • access to university facilities and expertise;
  • the right balance of support and independence for your age group.

Student support

At the University of Kent we aim to build a supportive community environment and we are committed to helping you get the most out of the challenges and opportunities study brings. We all need resources to improve our wellbeing and help us find ways to be more content and feel like we're coping, even in stressful moments. The University of Kent Student Support and Wellbeing team is also committed to improving access to learning and provides a wide range of support. 

The University has expert staff to support students with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia; discuss academic adjustments for people with temporary or permanent disabilities or chronic conditions; support autistic students, and offer support for anyone at Kent experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues. You can find out more about the team on the Meet the Team page: 

The team is available to offer:

  • Emergency Support
  • Mental Health Advisors
  • Counselling
  • Disability Support
  • Autism Support
  • Support for Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Support for Long Term Health Conditions
  • Support Groups
  • Sexual Assault and Harrassment
  • Support for Care Leavers
  • Accessibility (OPERA)

Visual guides on the team's key processes can be found here: 


The Medway campus has excellent transport links. We are easily accessible via the motorway network, rail links and local bus services.

Getting here by car

From the South-East: Leave M2 at junction 4 signposted Gillingham. Follow the brown anchor signs for the Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime via the A278, A2 and A289. Take the last exit just before the Medway Tunnel, signposted Chatham and Historic Dockyard. At the end of the slip road, turn left up Maritime Way towards Chatham. The campus entrance is the first exit at the next roundabout, signposted Pembroke and Universities at Medway.

From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise) and from the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): Exit M25 at junction 2 signposted A2 Canterbury, where the A2 becomes the M2 at junction 1 leave the motorway and continue on the A2 signposted Gillingham. Follow the brown anchor signs for the Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime via the A289 and the Medway Tunnel. Take the first exit directly after emerging from the tunnel, turn right at the end of slip road, leading up Maritime Way towards Chatham. The campus entrance is the first exit at the next roundabout, signposted Pembroke and Universities at Medway.

Car parking

The Medway campus comprises two sites: Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The University of Kent has teaching and social facilities at both sites.

There is limited parking available on campus and parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. We do, therefore, advise visitors and students to use public transport wherever possible.

Getting here by bus

The University works with Arriva bus company to provide discounted bus travel and make bus travel easier, in line with the University's Travel Plans. The discounted tickets are available for students and staff at Medway and Canterbury campuses. More information on this can be found here:

From Chatham train station: Arriva buses 100,190 and 191 leave frequently from the bus stops outside Chatham train station and take approximately 15 minutes to get to the campus. The bus stop for these services is on Dock Road, just outside the campus entrance. This is known as the Chatham Maritime stop or the Compass Centre stop.

From elsewhere in Medway: Arriva bus 116 travels through the Medway campus itself from Chatham waterfront bus station through to Hempstead Valley.

Plan your bus journey here: 

Getting here by rail

Chatham and Gillingham train stations are the most accessible stations for the campus and have regular services from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street, London Victoria, London St Pancras International, Ramsgate and Dover. The University is a short bus or taxi ride from both stations. Chatham station is 2.3 miles from campus, approx. 45 min walk or 5 min by bus. Gillingham station is 1.2 miles from campus, approx. 20 min walk or 10 min by bus (the bus stop is 5 min walk from the station).

A high-speed service is available from London St Pancras to Ebbsfleet International with a journey time of approx. 20 minutes. From Ebbsfleet you can catch a connecting train to Chatham which takes approx. 20 minutes.

Plan your train journey here: